Dragonflies of Williamson County, Texas
All photos Copyright 2002 Jenny Rasmussen

April 9, 2003  Newly emerged blue dasher dragonfly.
Click on the photo for a full sequence of photos, including what she/he looked like the next morning.

 

The dragonfly photo below is a Twelve-spotted Skimmer (click on photo for enlargement).  When I took this
photo, he had just finished mating with a female a few inches away from my face.
It was quite loud when the dragonflies joined, and then they separated and the female
placed her abdomen in my little pond several times to lay eggs.
Twelve-spotted Skimmer dragonfly Copyright 2002 Jenny Rasmussen

Dragonfly larva are sensitive to pesticides that run off from
gardens and farms, so you can help by learning to garden for wildlife.
Please also consider purchasing organic cotton clothing and organic foods,
which are the only ones grown without pesticides.

Four-spotted Pennant perched after eating an insect (click on image for full size photograph)
Four-spotted Pennant dragonfly

Female Four-spotted Pennant eating (click on image for full size)
four-spotted pennant dragonfly

Halloween Pennant (click on image for enlarged view)
Halloween Pennant

Female Halloween Pennant:
(note: this photo is also now available as a notecard)

Male Blue Dasher (one of our most commonly seen dragonflies)
on Mexican Hat (click on image for full view)
blue dasher

Wandering Glider (click on image for full view)
wandering glider dragonfly

Dragonflies like the Wandering Glider below often carry their front two legs up behind their head while flying.
Wandering Glider dragonfly in flight
Click here for more pictures of the dragonfly in flight.
The other legs are usually held tight against the body in an aerodynamic form.

Even while perched, dragonflies will sometimes leave their front two legs up behind their head,
like this "Red Saddlebags" is doing in the picture below.  Click on the image for a closer view.
Red Saddlebags dragonfly

This clubtail dragonfly is also carrying its front legs up behind its head.
Click on the image below for the full size photo.
clubtail dragonfly

Female Checkered Setwing with front legs down while perched:
Female checkered setwing dragonfly

Female Eastern Amberwing
female eastern amberwing dragonfly

Male Widow Skimmer with front legs held behind head (click on image for full view)
widow skimmer dragonfly

Female Widow Skimmer

Spot-winged Glider
spot winged glider

This female dragonfly landed on my pants while I was taking pictures.
I think she is a Twelve-spotted Skimmer or a Common Whitetail.

I have more photos of dragonflies that I haven't put up yet,
so please come back later to see more dragonflies like roseate and neon skimmers.
If you would like to use any of my dragonfly photos for books or educational materials,
please feel free to contact me by e-mail.  I have more nature photos on my e-cards site
and my Texas Gardening (butterflies) site that are also available
for publication if you request written permission.
View a list of some of my recent publications and presentations.

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you enjoyed my photos of Texas dragonflies.
All of the dragonflies on this page were photographed with an
Olympus Camedia C2100 (2.1 megapixel) digital camera.

Recommended Dragonfly Books:
Dragonflies through Binoculars
Stoke's Beginners Guide to Dragonflies

Jenny Rasmussen (About Me)
Jenny@geckodance.com













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